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  • Writer's pictureKathy Kerrigan

Reading can take you to faraway places!

When we read books, the stories in them transport us from the world we are in to the world within the pages of the book. To be transported by a book requires the reader to have an emotional response to the book, to visualize the story, and eventually, become immersed in it1.

J.K. Rowling aptly said, “There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” 📚✨

Let me share a couple of personal experiences that illustrate how reading can whisk us away to distant realms:

  1. Train Journey to Furkating: On a chilly winter morning, I boarded a train bound for Furkating, a small town in Assam. As the train chugged along, I pulled out a book from my bag and began reading. Within minutes, I was lost in the story, oblivious to the cold compartment and the passing landscape. When the train halted at the “Panbari” station, I realized I had been transported to a different world—a world woven by words and imagination.

  2. Childhood Adventures with Folklore: When I was just seven years old, summer stretched out before me like a promise. Afternoons were spent listening to our grandmother read from a bright blue book titled “Burhi Aai’r Xadhu Kotha,” a collection of Assamese folklore. Those stories whisked me away to mystical forests, ancient villages, and magical encounters. I roamed with legendary creatures, danced with spirits, and sailed on invisible boats across rivers of dreams.

Books are magical portals, allowing us to travel to faraway places without ever leaving our chairs. Whether it’s strolling through moonlit rose gardens with dukes, exploring the canals of Venice in a gondola, or venturing to the moon or the depths of the sea, reading takes us on extraordinary journeys. So, open a book, turn the pages, and let your imagination soar! 🌟📖✈️

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